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Turtle Rock

Gabrielino were of the Shosonean language group Indians moved into the Irvine area 2,000 years ago, establishing dozens of villages. They enjoyed an abundant food supply of shellfish, waterfowl and land animals. They lived in round, woven huts and were excellent basket weavers and makers of seashell and stone jewelry.

Then came the Spanish explorer, Gaspar de Portola in 1769. Then in 1831 the King of Spain parceled out theh lands for missions and ranches. Those ranches were the Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana, Rancho San Joaquin and Rancho Lomas de Santiago.

Many of the Spanish ranch owners fell on hard times and many of their parcels were sold in 1866. Irvine, Flint and Bixby were devoted to sheep grazing and acquired the 47,000-acre Rancho Lomas de Santiago.

Around the 1900's the Irvine family converted from livestock to growing orchards such as olives and citrus. By 1959 land was sold to the University of California who divided up the surrounding land into villages.

By 1971, the City of Irvine was incorporated.

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  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    Lovely irvine travel page, the home of the Turtle Rock which cetainly looks amazing from your photographs. It certainly has numerous interesting attractions for visitors to visit and explore. Thanks for your virtual tour. ~ho & pang

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    What an interesting page! I think you have covered everything! There is so much of interest to see and do here, I would have to stay more than a day to see it all

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Dec 25, 2012 at 6:18 AM

    so interesting a page, as usual. a town with everything, history, parks, and the alhambra and yes it is a reasonable facsimile. thanks for sharing.

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Dec 25, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      Thank you Lew for visiting. I so enjoy exploring, but hate to drive that far to do it, so I took advantage of when I dropped the boys at the airport. A very lovely community!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Somehow I thought this was all still just a ranch. But I see they have been very busy building new things while I wasn't paying attention. Interesting that they have preserved a lot of those "old" ranch buildings.

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Dec 1, 2012 at 6:43 AM

      Thank you Don for stopping by this page. I was dissappointed in the ranch. They didn't quite plan for urban sprawl and it is totally surrounded. I was also alarmed with the condition of the buildings, especially with it being in the Irvine area. Still we enjoyed our day.


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